GRAND PRARIE, TX—OCTOBER 4, 2019—With a powerful finish under jockey Francisco Calderon, multiple stakes winner Sf Hot Pass defeated Mighty Corona Jr by 1-¼ lengths to win the $20,000 Nevill Stakes at Lone Star Park for the second consecutive time.
Shannon “Stormy” Fisher’s Sf Hot Pass joins just two other horses to win back-to-back years in the 22nd year history of the Nevill Stakes. First Klas Fred was the first to accomplish the feat in 2011-2012 and most recently it was Rc Me Leaving You who won in 2016-2017.
The 6-year-old gelding completed the 350 yards in a quick :17.540 clocking, into a 14 mph crosswind, to equal 99 speed index on a fast track. Trainer Leon Bard saddled the son of multiple stakes sire IVORY JAMES to his ninth career win. The victory was worth $13,000.
P & J Racing Ltd. and D. Stroebel bred the brown gelding in Texas from the Mr Jess Perry mare Passem Up Perry. He has compiled a (20) 9-3-0 record and banked $153,224. Last season Sf Hot Pass went undefeated in three starts at Lone Star Park while winning the Neville Stakes, Refrigerator Stakes(G1) and B.F. Phillips, Jr. Handicap(RG3).
The $75,000-Guaranteed Refrigerator Stakes(G1) is scheduled for October 12th on the Lone Star Park racing calendar, however SF Hot Pass has been pre-entered in the October 26th Grade 1 $250,000-est. Bank of America Championship Challenge at Albuquerque Downs as part of the Bank of America Challenge Championship Night.
Almada Racing's Mighty Corona Jr picked up $3,400 for finishing second. Josue Ponce conditions the multiple stakes-placed son of Mighty Corona from the Easy Winning Jet mare Jarons Jet. Bred in Texas by Manuel Ortiz, the gray gelding has banked $68,839. Victor Manuel Urieta, Jr. was riding.
Krash Course, a 4-yar-old son of Krash Cartel, finished a nose back to get third for owner Martha Nevarez and strainer Santiago Riojas, Jr. Eleazar Rivera Hernandez rode the gray colt out of Rare Eye Open by Mr Eye Opener. The stakes winner has earned $53,928.
As the betting favorite Sf Hot Pass returned $4.00, $3.00 and $2.10. Mighty Corona Jr nosed out Krash Course for place returning $3.40 and $2.40. Krash Course paid $2.40 for show. Shake Em Rocks was fourth followed by Acadillac. Dm La Jolla and This Is a Deal Too were both scratched from the race.
Shake Em Rocks and Acadillac completed the field. Dm La Jolla and This Is A Deal Too were both scratched.